May Book Club: Elizabeth McCracken in Conversation with Gen Padalecki

We’re celebrating Texas authors at the TBF Book Club! For our May pick, we’re partnering with actor and fellow Texan Gen Padalecki and her Now & Gen book club for a conversation with National Book Award finalist Elizabeth McCracken about her new novel The Souvenir Museum. Grab your copy and read along with us! Be sure to join the conversation on Thursday, May 27 at 1 p.m. CT. RSVP here. Join our TBF Book Club Facebook group for all upcoming Book Club news.

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books, including The Souvenir Museum, Bowlaway, Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize and long-listed for the National Book Award), and The Giant’s House (a National Book Award finalist). Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, won three Pushcart Prizes, a National Magazine Award, and an O. Henry Prize. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.

Genevieve Padalecki
(you can call her Gen) is a daughter, sister, mother, and wife. She’s also a traveler, book nerd, activist, actress, adventure seeker, and aspiring urban homesteader. A California girl from birth and a mountain girl at heart, she now calls Austin, Texas, home and lives with her husband Jared—yes, that guy from Supernatural and Walker—three kids (Tom, Shep, and Odette), 14 chickens, two dogs, and a hive of honeybees.

She blogs about her life, books, parenting, fashion, and more at and is the co-founder of @towwn – Take Only What We Need, a community that focuses on measurable steps we can take to live a more just and sustainable life for people + planet.

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